Petition to the WI Secretary of Health Services
Local Unions Endorsing HR676
- South Central Federation of Labor, Madison, WI
- Wisconsin State AFL-CIO
Wisconsin State News
By Melissa Stiles, M.D. | The Capital Times (Madison, Wis.), Letters, Jan. 26, 2017
Health care is a human right for all and not a privilege for a few and this tenet should be at the core of every health care reform discussion. I am opposed to the reckless repeal of the Affordable Care Act without a proven and tested alternative.
By Shamane Mills | Wisconsin Public Radio, Jan. 16, 2017
In a 1966 speech, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. said, "of all the forms of inequality, injustice in health care is the most shocking and inhuman.
By Suzanne Lindgren | The Osceola (Wis.) Sun, Jan. 13, 2017
Our system is not only expensive, it’s confusing, time consuming, and diverts funds to a middleman who often seems to be trying to keep us from getting the benefits we pay for.
By Timothy Shaw, M.D. | The Capital Times (Madison, Wis.), Letters, Dec. 26, 2016
A public health actuarial study estimates that Wisconsin has between 139 and 671 (average 440) unnecessary medical deaths each year due to the lack of Medicaid expansion.
By William Reed, M.D. | Lake Geneva Regional News
The reality is that in our country private, investor-owned insurance plans have proven over 25 years that they have no power to control costs or prices. Yet, they are one of the most profitable sectors of the economy. Other counters spend one-half to one-third less on total national health care, cover all citizens and have better outcomes that we do.
By Gregory L. Sheehy, M.D. | The New York Times
In the long run, the present system will cost far more than a single-payer option, and the sooner we proceed in that direction the better.
By the Editorial Board | The Capital Times
Dr. Quentin Young, one of the greatest economic and social justice campaigners of the modern era, has died at age 92. Young served as a personal physician for the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. and organized the Medical Committee for Human Rights, which provided medical support for activists during the 1964 Freedom Summer in Mississippi. He helped to shape and advance the call for an understanding of health care not as a commodity but as a human right.
By Patrick Meyer, M.D. | The Capital Times
Our country pays twice as much as other developed countries for health care, yet the end result is poorer health outcomes and millions uninsured or underinsured. Until we remove the profit motive from the health care industry things will not change. The insurance companies are the primary problem, with their massive administrative costs and exorbitant CEO salaries.
By Dave Zweifel | The Capital Times
But should the prospect of a tough battle to once and for all fix America's health care problems mean that the fight's not worth fighting? If that be the case, we still wouldn't allow women to vote, our elderly would still be living in poverty without a program called Social Security and there would be no Medicare even for folks over 65. They were all difficult fights, all considered unwinnable in their times, but the American people held their elected officials accountable and won those fights.
By Laurel Mark, M.D. | The Capital Times (Madison, Wis.)
This week we commemorate the 50th anniversary of Medicare, landmark legislation that provided meaningful health insurance for the first time to our nation's seniors.
By Dave Zweifel | The Capital Times (Madison, Wis.)
The Affordable Care Act has passed constitutional muster with the recent Supreme Court decision, and that's a good thing.
By Melissa Stiles, M.D. | The Capital Times (Madison, Wis.)
The Affordable Care Act withstood yet another attack as the U.S. Supreme Court rejected the King v. Burwell challenge. The issue was whether the ACA’s language allows the federal government to provide subsidies to people who bought health insurance in states that did not set up their own “marketplaces.”
By Timothy Shaw, M.D. | The Capital Times (Madison, Wis.)
In the summer of 1942, Lithuanian born Bernard Lown entered Johns Hopkins Medical School after being turned down by Harvard, being told that they had already filled their “quota” of his kind — Jews. Later Lown would become a famous cardiologist, developing the original defibrillator, and also receive the Nobel Peace Prize on behalf of the International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War.
By Larry A. Green, M.D., and Tillman Farley, M.D. | Family Medicine
Eugene Shedden Farley, Jr, MD, MPH, died November 8, 2013, in Madison, WI. He was one of a small number of intellectual leaders in the first generation of American family physicians. Gene married Linda Winfield Fabry in 1955, and they remained partners for 54 years until her death in 2009. In many ways, one cannot talk of Gene and Lindy separately. They pursued training in general practice in Denver and, after working on the Navajo reservation in Arizona, opened a practice attached to their house in small-town Trumansburg, NY, where they thrived as general practitioners.
By Laura Berger | Wisconsin State Journal
What is undermining health care is not government, but corporate profits and inefficiencies. Instead of government's impossible and complex attempts to walk a line between public need and corporate profit, let's acknowledge there's another way.
By Dave Zweifel | The Capital Times (Madison, Wis.)
For the 11th straight year, Michigan Democratic Rep. John Conyers has introduced what he calls the Expanded and Improved Medicare for All Act to establish a universal, single-payer health care system in the United States similar to what exists in most developed countries throughout the world.
By Timothy Shaw, M.D. | The Capital Times (Madison, Wis.)
Steven Brill’s recent Time magazine article “Bitter Pill: Why Medical Bills Are Killing Us,” rightly portrays our American health care system as a mess. Health care has become an unaffordable business monopoly that benefits the medical community and corporations the most, and patients the least.
By Kay Tillow | All Unions Committee For Single Payer Health Care--HR 676
The Greater West Central Area Labor Council, AFL-CIO, of Wisconsin, has unanimously endorsed HR 676, national single payer health care. The labor council represents affiliated local unions in Eau Claire, Chippewa, Dunn, Pierce, Pepin, Polk, St. Croix, Barron, and Clark Counties.
By Daniel D. Bennett, M.D. | The Capital Times (Madison, Wis.), March 30, 2012
There is only one rational solution and this, I suspect, is where Rick Santorum and I disagree. A national tax-supported single-payer health insurance system will provide better health care AND more freedom.
By DAVE ZWEIFEL | The Capital Times (Madison, Wis.)
The answer to the nation’s health care crisis is staring everyone in the face, yet as a country we continue to refuse to come to grips with it.
By Melissa Stiles, M.D. | Letters, The Capital Times (Madison, Wis.)
We should look to build on and expand Medicare, not weaken or dismantle it. By replacing our patchwork of private and public insurance programs with a single publicly financed system that handles all bills, we would save about $400 billion annually that’s currently spent on unnecessary paperwork and overhead — enough to provide comprehensive coverage to all the uninsured and to improve coverage for the rest of us.
MADISON -- The Wisconsin Chapter of Physicians for a National Health Care Program, the Linda & Gene Farley Chapter, will host a rally for Medicare on this Saturday, July 30, at 10 a.m. in downtown Madison to celebrate Medicare’s 46th birthday.
Timothy Shaw, M.D. | Letter to the Editor | Capital Times (Madison, Wis.)
In 1991, Appleton and Green Bay had the lowest health care costs in the United States, but between 2000-2010, the physician/health insurance cartels have concentrated health care monopolies there, so that health care costs have risen 290 percent. While over 50 million Americans cannot afford health insurance, UnitedHealth Group pays CEO Dr. William McGuire a $124 million annual salary ($60,000 per hour).
By Dr. David Knutzen | Letters, Madison.com (Wis.)
I disagree since the most credible solution to the rising costs of Medicare, and all health care, has been offered repeatedly for many years and certainly during the health care discussions leading up to the health care reform law. It's a single payer system similar to those used by every other industrialized country where health care for all is provided for between 8.5 percent and 11 percent of gross domestic product.
Dr. Timothy Shaw | Letters | Capital Times (Madison, Wis.)
The only correct statement in Gov. Scott Walker’s op-ed column in The New York Times is that Medicaid is obsolete — but not for the reasons he states.
Editorial | Capital Times (Madison, Wis.)
Under Republican and Democratic governors, Wisconsin has for the better part of a decade been an innovator — and a national leader — when it comes to providing senior citizens with affordable access to prescription medications. Wisconsin’s approach has made these prescriptions available at a significantly lower cost and with better coverage than the federal Medicare Part D scheme.
This morning the Wisconsin chapter of Physicians for a National Health Program joined many other Wisconsin organizations in opposing changes to SeniorCare and called upon Kathleen Sebelius, U.S. secretary for health and human services, to block any federal waivers that would undermine the program. The group’s statement follows:
Dr. Charles Benedict: I want to start off by thanking the medical students, some of my colleagues – there are physicians up here, there are nurses up here, there are future physicians, future nurses, health care people, social workers. We’re all banding together in support of the cause up here, which is to – and we usually don’t like to use this word – kill the bill!
The Wisconsin chapter of Physicians for a National Health Program joins countless organizations in Wisconsin in opposition to the governor’s budget repair bill. We particularly oppose the dramatic changes in policy regarding Medicaid. These changes would take decision-making authority away from our elected officials and into the hands of unelected, partisan appointees with oversight only by the Joint Finance Committee.
By MARGARET FLOWERS | Capital Times (Madison, Wis.)
When it comes to health insurance coverage, Wisconsin receives a B in comparison to other states, but only because it’s graded on a curve. The state’s 9.5 percent uninsured rate falls considerably below the national average of 16.7, but that’s not much consolation to residents who remain uninsured or who are covered by skimpy policies with big deductibles and co-pays.
Hundreds of people gathered on the capitol steps Thursday in support of a single payer health care plan.